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Urban League of Portland

Mission

The Urban League of Portland’s mission is to empower African Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security and quality of life. Our programs include a distinctive blend of direct services, organizing, outreach and advocacy. We offer workforce services, community health services, summer youth programming, senior services, meaningful civic engagement opportunities, and powerful advocacy.

Bottom Line for Portland

Last year, the Urban League prevented 400 evictions and placed over 50 homeless households in safe housing and successfully coached over 300 participants in career exploration and job placement. Participants have moved from accessing services, to volunteering, to obtaining employment at the Urban League and throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Jermaine has been a participant in the Urban League of Portland’s Permanent Supportive Housing program since fall 2017. This year, Jermaine’s peer support specialist referred him to Central City Concern’s Community Volunteer Corps, which provides 80 hours of mentored work experience, a stipend for paying court fines, and a letter of recommendation. In summer 2018, Jermaine graduated from the CVC program. Speaking of the ULPDX PSH program, Jermaine said that the program has been a positive thing for him.

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